Learning About Healthy Habitats
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Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard by Doug Tallamy
Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants by Doug Tallamy
Websites & Organizations
Homegrown National Park: across Canada & USA
Society for Organic Urban Landcare: Canada
Garry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team: Victoria
Habitat Acquisition Trust: Gardening with Nature (Victoria)
Plant Guides for Eastern Vancouver Island
Garry Oak Gardener’s Handbook: Nurturing Native Plant Habitat in Garry Oak Communities (downloadable .pdf)
Selecting Plants for Pollinators: Download the .pdf of Eastern Vancouver Island Ecoregion
Gardening with Nature: Excellent resources from Habitat Acquisition Trust, Victoria.
Webinars, Recordings, Videos
SOUL’s 2022 Year of the Ecological Garden Series: Central Canada focus, but great information on functional spaces
Pollinator Steward Webinar Series: is a ten-episode series by Satinflower Nursery and Island Pollinator Initiative includes selecting plants for pollinators, planting meadows and hedgerows
Satinflower Nurseries Restoration Group: VI forum helps with questions about restoration techniques, plant identification, planting choices, site preparation, and much more.
Homegrown National Park: Visuals, sharing, advice (Canada/USA)
Where to View Local Restoration Projects
- Little River, Comox
- Airpark, Courtenay
- Ship’s Point Park, Fanny Bay
- Baikie Island and Campbell River Estuary
- MARS Wildlife Rescue, Merville
Sources of Native Plants and Seeds for Eastern Vancouver Island
Satinflower Nursery in Saanich, Vancouver Island, provides plants, seeds and consulting. Their website has excellent resources and how-to guides.
Streamside Native Plants is in Bowser offers wholesale and retail native forbs, grasses, shrubs, and trees. Check hours of operation.
Nanaimo Area Land Trust’s Native Plant Nursery is a volunteer-run endeavor. They carry both seeds and plants. Check their hours of operation before visiting.
NATS is a wholesaler of native plants and trees in the Lower Mainland. The minimum order for shipping is $750, so this source suits larger or group projects.
Local nurseries may carry some native plants like Sword fern and Red-flowering currant. Be aware of cultivars, and aim to purchase the “wild type” or species.